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Thank you for your interest. Geoff & Diane.

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3 Heol Pen'Rallt
Machynlleth, SY20 8AG

(01654) 700559

We're an independent gallery bookshop based in Machynlleth, mid Wales. It's our blend of bookshop, selling a carefully selected collection of reads and pick-up-and-flick-through books – and gallery space to inspire you while you're browsing. We host events too, book readings, author talks, photography and art openings. 

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In addition to showcasing the work of local and national photographers, we run writing workshops and we hold regular sociable book related events, inviting authors to read and talk about their work at our popular 'First Thursdays'. We mark important points in the calendar - World Book Day, International Women's Day, Machynlleth's El Sueño Existe and Comedy Festivals, literary anniversaries and, in 2016 we launched our successful Pythefnos O Farddoniaeth, Pop-Up Poetry Fortnight.


Thursday 23 February, 7pm - 9pm
OUR DESERT ISLAND BOOKS HOMAGE TO JOHN BERGER -
FREE

If you were cast away on a desert island, which John Berger book would you choose and which reading from it would keep your spirits up?

We want to mark the loss of the author, John Berger, who died on 2 January this year, soon after his 90th birthday. We also want to celebrate in a modest way, this kind and modest man who wrote from the heart and the head, across art, literature, politics, love and life.

We are inviting up to 8 people who want to contribute a reading, with a short introduction to the background of their choice, from one of John Berger's many books and essays. We'll have a few Berger inspired nibbles and refreshments to help our homage along. Let us know if you plan to come and, if you want to read, from which book – I'll be asking the library to get any John Berger stock on their shelves and, of course we have books here . . .


FAY GODWIN EXHIBITION PROJECT OFFICIAL OPENINGS:
Saturday 18
February, 11am – 12noon - FREE - here at the bookshop
A CLEARLY MARKED PATH: remembering Fay Godwin - photographs by British photographers and associates working now.

John Blakemore
Peter Cattrell
John Davies
Pete Davis
Marian Delyth
Caroline Forbes
Paul Hill
Aled Rhys Hughes
Jim Perrin
Jeremy Moore
Jean Napier
Tony Stokes
Tom Teichmann
Roger Tiley
Jane Whittle

Saturday 18 February, 12noon – 2pm - FREE - AT MOMA MACHYNLLETH
THE DROVERS' ROADS OF WALES
AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS
Fay Godwin's, 'The Drovers' Roads of Wales', with Shirley Toulson was published in 1977, early on in a career that spanned 30 years of unmatched photographic book production and exhibiting. Diane and Geoff have made a selection of vintage photographs, from those made by Fay Godwin, for the classic book, The Drovers' Roads of Wales (1977). These have been loaned from the National Library of Wales who purchased the set in 1987. It is 40 years since that original exhibition at the Anthony Stokes Gallery, London and Oriel Bookshop, Cardiff that later toured by The Photographers' Gallery, London. These will be shown in the Pulpit Room gallery at MOMA MACHYNLLETH.

AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS charts Fay Godwin's landscape work immediately preceding The Drovers Roads and over the ensuing 30 years. We invited some of the major figures in British landscape photography, family members and friends of Fay Godwin, who remember her and her work to each select an image and write an accompanying extended caption. New silver gelatine prints of this selection made especially for this exhibition by her one-time printer Peter Cattrell using the original negatives, released for the purpose by the British Library will be shown in The Ruralist Room gallery at MOMA MACHYNLLETH.

The exhibitions also feature audio visual material, ephemera and the books which were central to Fay Godwin's practice of photography.


ADDITIONAL EVENTS - THE DROVERS' ROADS
Wednesday 1 March 12noon – 1pm,
MOMA MACHYNLLETH
THE GHOST ROAD with writer Mike Parker - DONATIONS
St David's Day Mid-day Market Day talk organised with MOMA.
Even in landscapes that we like to imagine are timeless, change is a constant. In a lively illustrated talk, and informed by his books including Mapping the Roads, Map Addict, The Wild Rover and Real Powys, Mike will take us on a journey along the tracks, paths and roads that have shifted in and out of focus over generations, and look at the stories they tell us.

Sunday 5 March 10am - 1pm                 SORRY FULLY BOOKED!!
THE GHOST ROAD WALK with writer Mike Parker -
(£5) including transport to start of walk
A 6-7 mile walk along an old drovers' route, now variously a bridleway, a hollow-way, a track and a lane. We'll start with coffee, bara brith and an introduction at Mike's old farmhouse near Tal-y-Wern, by the track, and walk back to Machynlleth. Come prepared with wet weather clothing and boots for what is often a muddy route! Lambing time so, no dogs. (£5 per person - transport provided from Machynlleth


FAY GODWIN DAY EVENT
Saturday 11 March 10.30am3.30pm, MOMA MACHYNLLETH - £15 (£10 concessions)
A day of talks, film, discussion and homage to British landscape photographer, walker and campaigner, Fay Godwin (1931 – 2005) including Don't Fence Me In* – exclusive film preview and, in person, photographers: Peter Cattrell, Pete Davis, Marian Delyth (chair); Film-maker: Charles Mapleston; Fay Godwin archivist: Dr Geraldine Alexander; writer Mike Parker; and invited contributions in appreciation of Fay Godwin and her work.


In addition to showcasing the work of local and national photographers, we run writing workshops (see below) and we hold regular sociable book related events, inviting authors to read and talk about their work at our popular 'First Thursdays'. We mark important points in the calendar - World Book Day, International Women's Day, Machynlleth's El Sueño Existe and Comedy Festivals, literary anniversaries and, in 2016 we launched our successful Pythefnos O Farddoniaeth Pop-Up Poetry Fortnight.


BEGINS 7 MARCH 2017 - bookings taken

LIFE WRITING WORKSHOPS/GWEITHDAI YSGRIFENNU BYWYD
Tuesdays, monthly, begins 7 March 2017
If you write, or would like to write, from life - memoir, biography, travel writing, nature writing, family history - come along to our monthly guided writing workshops in Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop. (Bydd y sesiynau yn cael eu cynnal yn Saesneg, ond gobeithio y gall y cynghorion, technegau, ymarferion a syniadau gael eu cymhwyso i ysgrifennu mewn unrhyw iaith.)

  • Your tutor will offer tips, techniques and writing exercises.

  • Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop will offer tea, biscuits and an inspiring environment.

  • Your fellow scribes will provide company, encouragement and new ideas.

  • Four monthly workshops on Tuesdays: 7 March, 4 April, 2 May & 6 June 2017

£10 per session (£36 for all four paid in advance).

Your tutor: Helen Pendry has taught writing in Higher Education for many years and has also worked as an associate editor. With the support of a Literature Wales bursary, she is currently working on a novel which combines historical biography and fiction.

N.B. The workshops are suitable for those who have attended the Life Writing 1 and 2 courses, as well as those who are new to life writing.


We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we are human beings; this is how we lived. Let it be known, the earth passed before us.
— Natalie Goldberg, author of 'Writing Down the Bones'

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ABOUT OUR Regular EVENTS

Besides the exhibition openings and gallery talks, we host monthly readings and discussions on the First Thursday of each month.  Entry is free, with homemade cake, cheese scones and hot drinks provided. They are always well supported, so try to book early.

First Thursdays are popular not only with our customers but with the authors too, who find the intimate atmosphere and knowledgeable and enthusiastic audiences very much to their liking. These are sociable events, where people have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. Some of the readings are in Welsh, some bi-lingual and some in English.

During the annual Mach Comedy Festival on May Day bank holiday weekend, we have a Lazy Sunday Morning event, with one of the performers from the festival who loves books.  So far, this has included Josie Long, Rob Newman and Nat Luurtsema. These again are free, and usually packed! The Comedy Festival is great for Machynlleth – it's really well organised and at least doubles the population of the town.


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Workshops happen throughout the year - please contact for details.

LIFE WRITING WORKSHOPS - Course of four monthly workshops with a focus on memoir, biography, travel writing and nature writing, this course will look at, and practise, ways of interesting the reader in stories gleaned from real life.

Tutor: Helen Pendry writes novels, articles and reviews. She has taught writing in higher education for many years and has been assistant editor at the magazine Planet: The Welsh Internationalist and for the academic journal New Formations.

OCTOBER, FIRST THURSDAY EVENT - 4 October, 6 for 6.30pm
We welcome one of our favourite poets, TONY CURTIS who celebrates his 70th year with the launch of a new collection Faraway Isles

AND COMING IN NOVEMBER

ASYLUM - writing workshop and readings -3November 2016, -with Welsh PEN author Eric Ngalle Charles - more information soon

'PLACE' with authors CYNAN JONES, MARY-ANN CONSTANTINE, TYLER KEEVIL - 10 November, 6 for 6.30pm

 

 

 

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